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Department of State

New Jersey State Museum

The Hon. Tahesha Way, Secretary of State

Mask Policy Update:

Thank you for your patronage and support in these challenging times. The State of New Jersey has lifted universal indoor masking for visitors and staff in state buildings. Masking is still strongly encouraged if you have booked a reserved or guided programs in galleries and classroom spaces.

Request for Proposal:

RFQ 22-MUS-001 - “Collections Move - Packing, Registrarial/Tracking, Transportation, Load-in"


Learn At The Museum

NEW! 2021-22 Field Trip Guide


Before You Visit

Please carefully look over the information below before submitting your online reservation request form.  

Reservations are required for all programs and must be made at least 2 weeks (10 business days) in advance. To reserve group programs, email Many programs have minimum group sizes for participation; see specific program details for group size requirements.

Safety Guidelines
The NJ State Museum is excited to welcome school groups back for in-person field trips! To ensure students, teachers, chaperones and Museum staff have the safest possible experience the following safety measures are in place:

  • In accordance with the State of New Jersey’s updated guidelines, the NJ State Museum no longer requires masks for museum visitors. However, we strongly encourage all of our guests to wear masks and socially distance as practicable while in the building.
  • Face masks are required to attend reserved or guided programs in galleries and classroom spaces. Masks will be available free of charge to all participants.

The Museum requests 1 chaperone per 10 students, to be included in your group count.

The Museum is accessible for visitors with special needs. To arrange accommodations for your visit, please contact Diane Watson at (609) 292-5420.

If you must cancel your field trip, please email as soon as possible. No refunds will be made if payment has already been processed. However, we will work with you to reschedule your visit, apply payment to a virtual program or receive credit to be used the following school year.

All lunches must be brought – there is no food available to purchase at the Museum.

Lunch bins are available at the main entrance or Planetarium lobby for your group to store lunches and backpacks during your visit.

Groups may reserve Riverview Court in advance for brown bag lunches. Available lunch times are 11:00, 12:00 and 1:00. Contact reservations email

Weather permitting, outdoor eating space is available. Picnic tables at the Museum entrance are available on a first come first serve basis. Lawn space is available in front of the Museum, near the Planetarium, or in Capitol Plaza Park located between the State House Annex and the State Library. If you plan to picnic outdoors, please bring blankets for seating and clean up all trash.

Groups will receive a confirmation at the time of their booking followed by an invoice.

Payments MUST be made in full 2 weeks prior to your program date. The Museum reserves the right to cancel non-paid reservations within this 2 week window.

Final head counts, including teachers and chaperones, must be confirmed with the Museum no later than 2 weeks prior to the visit. Refunds will not be issued for decreased attendance; persons added on the day of programs may not be accommodated.

Accepted payments include Visa, Master Card, confirmed purchase orders and checks. Please make checks payable to Treasurer, State of New Jersey. Payments are non-refundable once they are processed.

Please check the website for the most up to date information regarding Museum COVID-19 safety requirements. Masks are required for all visitors over the age of 2.

Please have students organized into groups with chaperones prior to your visit. Your leader should have an accurate count of teachers, students and chaperones, and will be asked to check in at the Information Desk at the main entrance.

Buses must drop off and pick up in front of the Museum on West State Street.

We STRONGLY recommend your group arrive at least 15 minutes before the start of your first activity. This will give you time to check in, and drop off lunches and bags in the available bins at the main entrance.

Planetarium shows begin promptly at the scheduled time; groups arriving late may miss their show. The Museum does its best to accommodate late groups; however, if a conflict with other programs or groups arises, the Museum reserves the right to adjust, change, shorten or cancel the scheduled program. No refunds will be issued for programs missed due to late arrival.

Groups coming from the New Jersey State House tours should allow extra travel time between the Museum and the State House entrance due to ongoing renovations.

Please give a copy of the Bus Map to your driver(s) so they know where to drop off, park and pick up your group.

Buses must park in the lot at the corner of Perry Street and Route 1 (about 1 mile from the Museum).

Metered street parking for cars is available on weekdays, as is parking in paid lots throughout the downtown Trenton area. Limited visitor parking is also available in the State House Parking Garage next door to the Museum.

If your group is coming in separate vehicles, please plan a meeting spot; we suggest the Information desk at the main entrance, or in the Planetarium lobby.

Chaperones are required to remain with their students at all times and are responsible for appropriate behavior.

Leaders should share the day’s learning objectives and itinerary, including program times and locations, with chaperones.

It is the responsibility of the teachers and chaperones to enforce the Museum rules during a visit. These include:

  • No food or drinks are allowed in Museum galleries.
  • Photography is encouraged; use of flash, tripods, or selfie-sticks is not permitted.
  • Use indoor voices and refrain from running in the Museum.
  • Students must be accompanied by chaperones at all times.
  • Backpacks and large bags must be placed in the bins; small bags may be carried on the chest.
  • No touching or writing on artwork, cases or walls in the Museum.

Museum Floor Plan

Floor Plan



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